How to delete large Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys Files in Windows 10 / 11

Are you running out of hard drive space? The hard drive space issue can happen when the Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys file sizes are too big. These are two hidden files in the C drive and often deleting them can help free up the hard drive space considerably.

While buying a new hard disk can be a permanent solution, it may turn out expensive and that’s when you can try deleting the Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys files. Since these are Windows files, you may not be able to delete them directly and that’s why, today, will show you how to delete these two files. Alternatively, you can also change the page file size to expand memory on your Windows 11 & Windows 10 PC. Let’s see how.

*Note – Deleting the Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys files have a side effect, that is, it will increase the boot time of your PC and disable hibernation. So, be very sure before you proceed with this fix.

How to Delete the Hiberfil.sys File


Step 1: Go to Start and type cmd in the Windows search bar.


Desktop Start Seach Cmd


Step 2: Now, right-click on the result and select Run as administrator from the menu to open Command Prompt in with admin rights.


Start Search Command Prompt Right Click Run As Administrator


Step 3: In the Command Prompt (admin) window, type the below command and hit Enter:


powercfg -h off


This will  switch off hibernation. Once it’s switched off,  the Hiberfil.sys file is gone.

How to Delete the Pagefile.sys files


Step 1: Go to the This PC (My Computer) icon on your desktop, right-click on it and select Properties.


This Pc Right Click Properties


Step 2: It opens the System window. Go to the left side of the window and click on Advanced system settings.


System Left Side Advanced System Settings


Step 3: In the System Properties dialogue box that opens, under the Advanced tab, go to the Performance section.

Then, click on the Settings button.


System Properties Advanced Performance Settings


Step 4: In the Performance Options window, select the Advanced tab  and under the Virtual memory section, click on the Change button.


Performance Options Advanced Virtual Memory Change


Step 5: It takes you to the Virtual Memory window. Uncheck the box next to Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.

Now, click the radio button next to No paging file and click on Set.


Virtual Memory Automatically Manage Paging File Size For All Uncheck No Paging File Set


Step 6: In the System Properties warning prompt that appears, click Yes to confirm.


System Properties Prompt Yes


Now, restart your PC and and the Pagefile.sys  file in the C drive is gone.



If this method doesn’t free up your hard drive space, you can try changing the page file space. Let’s see how.

How to View the Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys Files


Before we proceed with the methods, let’s see how to unhide the two files – Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys so that we can delete them.


Step 1: Search File explorer options in Search box.

Step 2 – Click on File explorer options from the search result.

File Explorer Options Min


Step 3: In the Folder Options window that opens, go to the View tab

Step 4:  Then to the Advanced settings section.

Here, under Hidden files and folders, click on the radio button next to Show hidden files, folders and drives.


Folder Options View Tab Advanced Settings Hidden Files And Folders Show Hidden Files, Folders, And Drives Check


Step 5: Now, scroll down and uncheck the box next to Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

Press Apply and then OK to save the changes and exit.


Folder Options View Tab Advanced Settings Hide Protected Operating System Files Uncheck


Step 6: Go back to the File Explorer window and under C drive, you can now see the two files – Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys.


File Explorer C Drive Hiberfil.sys And Pagefile.sys Files


Now, you can proceed to delete the Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys files.